Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Friday, December 1, 2017

Upper Madison Fishing Report

Current Conditions:
The Upper continues to produce some consistent action.  The best fishing is in the slower water which is sometimes hard to find on the Upper Madison.  The waters around Ennis are a good bet since there are several really nice big winter runs that concentrate a lot of trout.  With cold weather these runs receive a lot of ice shelves however so the productivity depends on the temps and as the brutal cold hits you need to move farther upriver to avoid ice.  Check your regs because about half of the “Upper” is closed to fishing later in the winter.  Between the lakes stays ice free most of the winter although accessing with the snowpack can be tough.

The Month Ahead:
The Upper Madison can be a tough mid winter fishing but when warm spells arrive and the wind isn’t blowing it can be productive. 

Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Upper Madison isn’t our top choice for winter fishing.  The combination of big river winds and ice can make it a tough go.  Early spring, however, can produce some epic midge hatches on warm days.